With the economy in Belfast becoming increasingly driven by FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) companies, there has been a sea of change among accountancy practices and professional services firms who realise that they have to offer something different than the “traditional” to attract and retain the best staff.
This has resulted in many financial firms, whether they are Big Four, Top 10 or smaller mid-tiers, offering a very attractive and defined work-life balance including policies geared towards offering flexible working solutions, excellent and mapped-out career progression without the red tape, and far more competitive remuneration packages.
Additionally, there is a growing realisation among accountancy professionals that remaining in practice, or indeed returning to practice, is an excellent career choice that can offer the future, variety of work and prosperity that perhaps did not exist 12-18 short months ago.
As the deal flow continues to increase substantially in the market, this has a knock on effect on the roles in corporate finance, audit, advisory and tax within the practice environment.
As a professional in any of these disciplines you will get the opportunity to work on exciting advisory projects for clients which will broaden your skillset. In corporate finance/advisory, the sky is the limit with opportunities in transaction services, mergers & acquisitions, and special projects in a variety of sectors.
Audit offers exceptional career potential for experienced candidates both in external audit and internal audit/risk assurance. One of our clients, a Big Four Firm offers the chance to work in a Centre of Excellence and to use your technical skills in a different environment where you will gain project management skills. There are solid career progression opportunities without the need for extensive travel.
There is something very refreshing about meeting senior professionals at the top of their game who are passionate about their business. Their enthusiasm is infectious for us as recruitment specialists in this area. Not only are they focused and dedicated in terms of their own careers and the firms they work for, but they are also genuinely committed to offering solid career opportunities with visible career paths for the professionals who join their teams.
The current perception in the market regarding the practice sector is in some cases warranted but in most cases it is not. It is so important for qualified professionals not to disregard furthering their careers within public practice because of past experiences.
Having worked hard to achieve a professional qualification, you need to take a broad look at the opportunities in the market.
We have seen a flow of professionals who moved from practice to an industry/financial services based role and have subsequently moved back into practice. The roles are varied and more commercial. One point to note is that there is a common theme which is that most moved back into a different practice and found that the culture was very different to their previous employer and they really enjoy the role and the work/life balance.
Of course, many professionals are enjoying the excellent career opportunities in the industry and financial services sectors also.
There are amazing opportunities available across all disciplines in practice from the big 4 firms to the outstanding opportunities available with Grant Thornton (Belfast). These firms offer roles in which you will be visible and you will receive guidance from the partners in the firm. This gives you an outstanding opportunity to truly understand how a practice works and to gain an insight into the business development aspect as well as the technical aspects of these roles.
If you want a role in a meritocratic environment where you will be visible and where you are rewarded and recognized for your performance then we definitely need to speak about the roles that are currently open within the public practice and taxation area.
There are so many opportunities and we are happy to work with you and put a career plan in place. Talk to us about the opportunities within the public practice & taxation sector and more importantly, do not decide that this sector is not for you without speaking with these senior professionals who can demonstrate first hand why this may be the right choice for you.
An open mind will offer broader horizons, a brighter future and the career opportunity that you have been waiting for.
If you are seeking the role that will take your career to the next level then please contact Eoin Fleming or Sinead Walsh for further discussion.